[quote="baylee, post:17, topic:185734"]
Really? Isn't sexual orientation a protected class when it comes to hiring practices?
No, sexual orientation is not a protected class, at least under federal law. There are some states that have particular laws to make it protected, however those would not apply here.
As a former service member, I think we should repeal it. I see homosexual acts as sinful. But I do not see homosexuality as sinful, or something that should harm someone. Under the current policy, a gay person who is bent on resisting his impulses would still be kicked out. As Catholics, we should recognize that homosexuality is often a deep-seated tendency that is not possible for the person to change. We should not punish people for this. (Further, an obvious point that is often overlooked, most homosexuals who could not stay chaste would find the military culture extremely unforgiving, and I very much doubt we would have a mass influx of flaming homosexuals onto our battle lines.)
In place of the current policy, we should have one where anyone caught having any kind of homosexual relations on base or in country would be discharged. This would allow homosexuals who fight their urges--but are honest about their afflictions--to serve their country.
To the above posters who want to punish or exclude homosexuals as a way of standing against homosexuality, I encourage you to review the Church's stance on this topic. Homosexuals are sinners like all of us, with the same penchant to be chaste or to sin. Perhaps such a view point is well-founded with respect to practicing homosexuals, but I encourage you to use more precise language. The Church has lost many members because it is seen as opposing homosexuals, rather than opposing homosexual sex. Do not contribute to this problem.